Bee Roots for 2022-04-12

The table provides clues for the roots of words in today's NY Times Spelling Bee. You're responsible for prefixes, suffixes, tense changes, plurals, doubling consonants before suffixes, and alternate spellings of roots. An exception: since Sam won't allow S, when the root contains an S, the clue may be for a plural or suffixed form. "Mice" for example. If a clue isn't self-explanatory, try googling it. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: B/AELOVY
  • Words: 45
  • Points: 189
  • Pangrams: 2

Table content

  • with first two letters of answer and length
root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
22AB4Having the power, skill, means, or opportunity to do something, adj. (She was … to walk at 14 months)
11AB5Bldg. occupied by monks or nuns (“Downton …”)
31AB5Opposite of below
41BA4Rum sponge cake, or Ali & his 40 thieves
61BA4Infant, slugger Ruth, or pig film
91BA4Parcel of hay, or actor Christian
101BA4Where Cinderella lost her slipper
71BA5Genesis “Tower of…,” noun
51BA6Talk rapidly in a foolish or excited way (like an infant); homophone of Genesis “Tower of …,” verb
121BA6African tree
111BA7Young ♂ who retrieves orbs in games (tennis, e.g.), compound
141BE4It rings
191BE4Flock of quail
131BE5Fix a rope around a cleat, rock, pin, or other object, to secure it; or stop that, nautical slang
161BE5Southern pretty ♀ (Scarlett O'Hara, e.g.)
171BE5Stomach, slang
181BE5Sloping edge in carpentry & stonework, noun or verb
151BE7Young ♂ at a hotel who carries bags in response to a ding, compound
201BL4Reveal a secret by indiscreet talk
211BL4Gelatinous mass, or 1950s alien horror film
201BL6Reveal a secret by indiscreet talk
211BL6Gelatinous mass, or 1950s alien horror film
221BO4Taiwan sweet tea with gelatin pearls
241BO4Thrown weighted string weapon
251BO4Cotton seed target for weevil
261BO4Western string tie
271BO4Breast, slang
291BO5Seabird with colorful feet, or gag "prize"
231BO6Type of “head” doll that nods when moved
281BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
301EY7Body part you see with, compound
311LA5Tag or sticky paper with info (Avery mailing …)
331LO4Brain section, or part of ear most commonly pierced
351LO4Wolf, Spanish
321LO5Bldg. entrance area or waiting room
362LO7The ♥ in I♥NY, or “zero” in tennis
341LO8Southern US yellow pine tree, or SE US tea evergreen
362LO8The ♥ in I♥NY, or “zero” in tennis
371OB4Heed, verb (unlike a cat, a well-trained dog will … commands to “stay” & “sit”)
381OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
391VO10Olympic sport played on the beach or in a gym, compound pangram

About this site

This site provides clues for a day's New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle. It exists to make it easier for Kevin Davis to take a day off. Most of the clues come from him. There may be some startup problems, but long term I think I can put the clues together with no more than half an hour's work.

The "Bee Roots" approach is to provide explicit clues for root words, not every word. This is similar to what Kevin Davis does, but without information about parts of speech As logophiles, we are pretty good at putting on prefixes and suffixes, changing tense, and forming plurals (including Latin plurals!). The clues cover root words, arranged alphabetically by root word, with a count of words in the puzzle that come from each root. For example, if a puzzle includes ROAM and ROAMING, there will be a clue for ROAM and a count of 2. The root may not appear in the puzzle at all; for example, the 2021-07-23 Bee included ICED, DEICE, and DEICED. For such a puzzle, the clue would be for ICE with a word count of 3.

The Bee Roots approach involves judgement sometimes. For example, if a puzzle includes LOVE, LOVED, and LOVELY, how many roots are needed to cover them? LOVE and LOVED share the root LOVE, certainly, but LOVELY is tricky. LOVE is part of its etymology, but by now, the word means "exquisitely beautiful," which is a lot farther from the meaning of LOVE than swithcing to past tense. I'm inclined to treat LOVE and LOVELY as separate roots. You may not agree, which is fine. Another thing we logophiles share is a LOVE of arguing about words on Twitter.

One last complication, until another one pops up: a few roots have multiple spellings, for example LOLLYGAG and LALLYGAG. Depending on the day's letters, and maybe even the editor's whims, one or both could be in the puzzle's answer list. With such roots, you could see a word count of 2, even if there are no applicable prefixes or suffixes.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout

Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.